Songwriters

Mei shows his heart in new single "Frankenstein"

L.A.’s Mei switches up the tempo in his new single “Frankenstein,” via simple acoustic guitar strums, vocal ascents, and a charged-up passion. Where Mei’s indie-pop summer single “Rudimental” displayed his vocal versatility with switches from passionate croons to confident and sharper rides of the beat that led to full choruses powered by synth ambiances, “Frankenstein” keeps it bare, yet just as daring. Melancholic, and ultimately hopeful, “Frankenstein” has an obvious heart, a red mood to sink to, completely; stream “Frankenstein” below for a warm transition from warm days to cooler evenings. - René Cobar

   

Brittany Campbell highlights universal love in "Champion"

Brittany Campbell puts you on cloud nine with a new R&B single titled “Champion” that is romantic with its dexterous electric guitar riffs, snappy beats, and atmospheric breaks. Campbell’s vocals, in sweet motion with those of Phil., tell a story of passion universal and use each verse to spread that, culminating in soothing refrains. The song, released on National Coming Out Day, is accompanied by a music video whose comic book aesthetic is charming, each frame fantastic and sensual. “Champion” pays complete tribute to all the elements that make R&B timeless and, in the process, delivers an important message about love; stream “Champion” below for a trip up to a better place. - René Cobar

   

Ella Isaacson defines her brand of pop in new single "Hard Lessons"

Ella Isaacson has a sleek fury to her in a new single titled “Hard Lessons” that speaks of strength through atmospheric choruses and a very modern beat propelled by a heartbeat bass guitar. “Hard Lessons” is reflective, but with an upbeat attitude that immerses the listener and can even be cathartic for those with something bottled up that needs release. Isaacson allows her brand of pop to take shape: melancholic and yet triumphant, “Hard Lessons” is a single representative of the themes of her music. The music video for the song expands those themes with a stormy and defiant look at the artist, holding her own and declaring the lessons learned. With polished production and a message that encourages growth, this single is a solid choice for a reminder that you are worth it. - René Cobar

   

Sondre Lerche's "I Could Not Love You Enough" is a sonic circus to enjoy

Norwegian-born Sondre Lerche provides yet another bouncy, melancholic track to chant to: “I Could Not Love You Enough” is short, and it is sweet, and it will have you feeling giddy and sad all at once. The marching drums, explosive distortion, and swelling atmospheres all create a sonic circus where Lerche’s confessional refrains trapeze through and evoke emotion. The new single announces a deluxe edition of Lerche’s latest album titled Patience, out October 23rd. The music of “I Could Not Love You Enough” is soothing enough for contemplation but active enough for the busiest of mornings or evenings; stream this new single for a taste of the sonic spectacle in store. - René Cobar, photo by Jen Steele

   

ARO debuts perilous single "House Of Lies," plays Hotel Cafe 09.26

Aimée Osbourne’s project ARO has released a new single titled “House Of Lies” that tip-toes on the sinister and reveals a soundscape that is a pop, industrial blend so edgy. Osbourne’s vocals crawl to the beat of the track and provide a soft touch to the otherwise sharp clanking sounds that accompany an atmosphere of peril; a dangerous sort of love is evoked through the music. “House Of Lies” is part of Osbourne’s upcoming record Vacare Adamare, set for release October 30th. Aimée Osbourne will be streaming live from Hotel Cafe on September 26th. Stream this synth-heavy track below for a dangerous type of song. - René Cobar